HOSPITALITY SERVICES

There are many hospitality services available for travelers around the world. Most of them welcome members without any specific background or limits. Nevertheless, you can also find portals accessible only for certain groups of people defined either by religion, language or common hobbies. Using those portals is usually free of charge but there are few charging additional fees.

We listed for you the most popular of hospitality services and divided them into two groups- paid and unpaid ones. We hope it will turn out useful and that you will find a service that meets your expectations and makes traveling easier and more interesting.

Free of charge services:

hospitalityclub.org

Members: 792 000 worldwide

A platform for members to homestay as a guest at someone’s home, host travelers, meet other members or join an event.

House Sit Search

Housesit Search engine.

www.bewelcome.org

Members: 107 700 worldwide

Platform for members to homestay as a guest at someone’s home, host travelers, meet other members or join an event.

servas.org

Members: 15,000 in over 100 countries

A platform for members to homestay as a guest at someone’s home, host travelers, meet other members or join an event.

pasportaservo.org

Membership 1,089 hosts worldwide

The Pasporta Servo (Passport Service) is an international hospitality service for Esperanto speakers. The website provides a platform for members to homestay as a guest at someone’s home, host travelers, meet other members or join an event. Free lodging via Pasporta Servo has been described as one of the perks of learning Esperanto.

House Carers

Keeping pets out of boarding kennels and safeguarding homes since October 2000. Paid and free option.

thefriendshipforce.org

Friendship Force International is a non-profit international cultural exchange organization focused on promoting understanding, cultural education and citizen diplomacy through homestay travel and personal friendships. The organization is based in more than 60 countries and in six continents, with 15,000 active members and over 300 programs, called Journeys, taking place each year.

trustedhousesitters.com

The mission: to keep pets happy and safe in their own homes. The site connects thousands of home and pet owners with care-orientated sitters who will look after their home and pets for free, in exchange for a place to stay.

hippohelp.com

Hippohelp is a free map-based platform connecting hosts from all over the world with travelers who are happy to work in exchange for free food and accommodation.

onefinestay.com

2,600 private homes

Hospitality company which operates in London, New York, Paris, Los Angeles, and Rome. The company provides a service to owners of distinctive and upmarket homeowners, by enabling them to let out their home to guests while the home is unoccupied

globalfreeloaders.com

GlobalFreeloaders.com is an online community, bringing people together to offer you free accommodation all over the world.

jewgether.org

Free hospitality services for jews.

Paid services:

airbnb.com

Members 200,000,000 (2018) worldwide

Airbnb is an American company that hosts an online marketplace and hospitality service, for people to lease or rent short-term lodging including vacation rentals, apartment rentals, homestays, hostel beds, or hotel rooms. The company does not own any lodging; it is a broker that receives percentage service fees from both guests and hosts in conjunction with every booking. In January 2018 the company had over 3,000,000 lodging listings in 65,000 cities and 191 countries.

homeaway.com

2,000,000 vacation rentals in 190 countries

HomeAway is a vacation rental marketplace. It has operated through 50 websites in 23 languages. The company offers a comprehensive selection of rentals for families and groups to find accommodations such as cabins, condos, castles, villas, barns, and farmhouses.

Wimdu

This webpage offers more than 350,000 property listings in more than 100 countries
The company is considered to be one of the major competitors of Airbnb and a key vendor of the global vacation rental market.

9flats.com

In April 2012, 9flats had over 50,000 members and 30,000 hosts in 104 countries
The site is a European competitor to the US-based Airbnb.

housetrip.com

330,000 property listings

HouseTrip is an online holiday rental marketplace that allows homeowners and holiday rental managers to list and rent out their properties to guests.

wwoof.net

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) or Willing Workers on Organic Farms, is a hospitality service operated by a loose network of national organizations that facilitate homestays on organic farms. Australia with 2,600 hosts has the most host farms and enterprises. While there are WWOOF hosts in 210 countries around the world, no central list or organization encompasses all WWOOF hosts. As there is no single international WWOOF membership, all recognized WWOOF country organizations strive to maintain similar standards and work together to promote the aims of WWOOF. As of 2016, 61 countries have a national WWOOF organization.8 of these are located in Africa, 12 in North and South America, 13 in Asia-Pacific, 26 in Europe and 2 in the Middle East. WWOOF Independents list hosts located in 53 other countries.

mennoniteyourway.com

1,700 hosts

The service publishes a printed directory of people who are willing to host others in their homes. The list of hosts is not online, it is only available as a booklet. To participate as a guest, you must buy the directory for $45, or $30 if you plan to host. Guests in the U.S. and Canada are expected to donate to the host per night $10.00 per adult, $2.00 per child and if breakfast is offered, $2.00 per meal, unless otherwise noted in the hosts’ listing.

workaway.info

Workaway is an international hospitality service that allows members to contact one another to organize homestays and cultural exchange. Volunteers or “Workawayers”, are expected to contribute a pre-agreed amount of time per day in exchange for lodging and food, which is provided by their host. Registration: Optional, site can be browsed without registering. Signing-up as a host is free.

Paid and unpaid subscriptions for volunteers:

Tripping.com 

over 10 million listings in more than 150,000 cities worldwide

Tripping is an online search engine and aggregator for vacation rentals.Tripping.com partners with and displays listings from booking websites including Booking.com, HomeAway, VRBO, FlipKey, Housetrip, Roomorama, Interhome, Novasol, Wimdu, ZenRentals, Bedycasa, WayToStay, Gloveler, HolidayVelvet, 9flats, AlwaysOnVacation, RedAwning, and Housetrip. Users can search by price, ratings, location and a long list of features and amenities.

thirdhome.com

ThirdHome is a worldwide luxury second home exchange service of vacation homes. Owners of luxury second homes apply online; if they meet certain requirements – location, characteristics of the house, home value – they become eligible for membership. Each owner lists which weeks his/her house will be available for the use of other members. When someone is staying at their house, the owner receives credits, called keys, used to reserve weeks at any property that is available on the system, or for stays in clubs and resorts affiliated with the company. The site charges a one-time enrollment fee and a variable fee per exchange

Gloveler

Paid hospitality service operating in Germany.

GuestToGuest

The largest home exchange network with 270,000 residences listed in 187 countries. It is an example of the barter economy; there is generally no money exchanged between the host and the guest.

Helpx

An online platform that connects volunteers, who are looking for accommodations with hosts seeking help. Helpers assist with various tasks, projects, or activities as listed on the network. Volunteers generally commit to four or five hours of work, five days a week, in exchange for food and housing provided by the host. Arrangements may vary but are agreed upon by both parties in advance.

Intervac International

Intervac International is a hospitality service used to arrange home exchanges. It has over 30,000 members in 52 countries worldwide but is most popular in Europe, particularly Spain.

Mind my house

Homeowners can join for free. For all others, there is a 20 Dollars fee for using the service. Members can take care of other properties.

Luxury Housesitting

There is a 25 Dollars fee for using the service. Members can take care of luxury properties.

Nomador

There is an 89 Dollars fee for using this housesitting service.

Housesit World – Membership fee: $40

Though the website may look like something from the 1990s, there’s a reason why this site is still up and active.

Housesit Match – Membership fee: $60

New house sitting site loved amongst many UK travelers.

 

Honorable mentions:

https://housekeeper.com/

https://canadiannanny.ca/

https://housesitter.com/

https://sitter.com/

https://petsitter.com/

https://eldercare.com/

https://childcareadvantage.com/

https://www.nannylane.com/

https://www.aussiehousesitters.com.au/sitters/register

https://www.kiwihousesitters.co.nz/sitters/register

https://workingcouples.com/

http://www.seniorsit.com.au/

https://www.sabbaticalhomes.com/Home_Sitting.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

-Wikipedia

-and each website mentioned on this page

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